The Toledo women's basketball program is making some changes to its staff in preparation for the 2013-14 season, Head Coach Tricia Cullop announced on Wednesday. Assistant Coach Katie Griggs and Director of Operations Rebekah Legan are switching positions within the program.
"Although this is a unique situation, I believe it will be a great opportunity for both of them and our program," Cullop said. "Katie (Griggs) has done a terrific job as an assistant coach, but wishes to move to the DOBO position to have more family time. That position isn't allowed to recruit off-campus per NCAA rules, so the time commitment is less. I'm glad that even though she will be changing spots, she will still play a significant part in our program.
"Rebekah did a tremendous job in the DOBO position and is more than ready to be an off-campus recruiter and court coach. I had the opportunity to coach her at the University of Evansville where she graduated as part of the most successful class in school history. She is a rising star in this profession, and this transition is a win-win for our program because we are able to keep two quality people here at Toledo."
Griggs finished her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Rockets' in 2012-13. She worked with all aspects of the program, including scheduling, perimeter-player development, academics and opponent scouting.
Under Griggs' guidance, a quartet of Rocket guards have earned All-MAC honors on seven occasions — Inma Zanoguera (third team in 2012-13), Andola Dortch (first team in 2012-13, second team in 2011-12), Courtney Ingersoll (third team in 2011-12) and Naama Shafir (first team in 2012-13, first team in 2010-11, second team in 2009-10). During her four years in Toledo, Griggs has helped the Midnight Blue & Gold amass an impressive 107-31 overall record and a 54-10 mark in the Mid-American Conference.
"I approached Tricia about transitioning into the DOBO position, as it will allow more time for me to spend with my family," Griggs said. "This was a very difficult decision for me, because I have enjoyed working with our players and every responsibility associated with being an assistant coach. I'm blessed to work in the UT Women's Basketball program, as I truly enjoy working with Tricia and our current staff. I'm happy I was able to find a position that enables me to spend more time with my family, yet still be an integral part of the program."
Legan completed her second season as the director of operations for the Rockets this past year. She coordinated or assisted in various administrative areas, including budget management, camps, community service, marketing and promotions, on-campus recruiting, tape exchange, Igniters Fan Club liason, apparrel contact and academics. She also oversaw the student managers and work-study students, as well as the male practice squad.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to taking on the new responsibilities associated with this position," Legan said. "The past few years I have been able to take on tasks in many different areas of coaching behind the scenes, and now I'm thrilled about the chance to do off-campus recruiting and get on-court coaching experience. I feel very blessed to be a part of a successful program at a great University and continue to learn from a tremendous coach."
Toledo welcomes back seven letterwinners in 2013-14, including two starters, from last year's squad that finished with a school-record 29-4 overall record. The Midnight Blue & Gold captured its second MAC regular-season championship in the last three years with a 15-1 league ledger.